Campus Expansion

Video rendering that shows the future addition of Double Ground. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

The transformation of our San Francisco campus builds on more than a century of innovation and re-envisions the future of art and design education.

The ground-level entrance to the expanded Double Ground campus is near student housing at Founders Hall on Hooper Street.

CCA's Double Ground expansion will connect residence halls and buildings on campus. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

A living, learning laboratory in San Francisco

CCA’s campus expansion brings together more than 30 academic programs and disciplines, adds new student housing and dining facilities, and transforms our campus to support different modes of learning and making. This fall, our distinctive fine arts, design, architecture, and writing programs are together on one campus, alongside workshops and studios, libraries, and student services in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities. Students have the broadest possible experience with materials and disciplines they love as well as those they have yet to discover. They’re learning from a diverse community of thinkers and makers—with plenty of opportunities to experiment and take creative risks.

Double Ground’s ample interior glazing reveals what’s happening inside the central resource hub and adjoining workshops.

The central resource hub on the lower level of Double Ground. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

Double Ground

Designed by a team led by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang, Double Ground is the centerpiece of our campus expansion. With spaces that Gang calls “creatively hackable,” the open, transparent design will connect our programs in exciting new ways. More versatile spaces are designed to flex along with evolutions in creative practice, and encourage knowledge sharing and experimentation.

Double Ground’s lower level includes shops, studios, and labs that require heavy equipment, which open into shared maker yards. The upper level features a park-like atmosphere with green space and places to gather, adjacent to CCA's main campus building and new classrooms and studios with super-flexible interior spaces. What happens when industrial design meets painting? When an architect collaborates with a ceramicist? These are the kinds of collaborations students will encounter and pursue on our expanded campus.

View of CCA's Founder Hall.

Founders Hall provides on-campus housing for more than 500 students, as well as dining facilities for students, faculty, and the public.

A residential campus

Secure, convenient, and well-designed student housing is an essential piece of our campus expansion. About half of CCA students call our campus housing home. Founders Hall and the apartment-style Blattner Hall enable students to live, learn, eat, study, and relax together as they create social and professional networks they will carry with them throughout their careers.

Inspired by material and community

When designing our expanded San Francisco campus, architects drew inspiration from the materials and strong sense of community found on our historic Oakland campus. The design features cross-laminated timber, a renewable resource that has the warm materiality of wood, and many of the new campus’s shops and studios open into shared maker yards, ideal for teamwork and exploring projects that incorporate different disciplines. Students have access to facilities for ceramics, furniture, jewelry, metal fabrication, rapid prototyping, sculpture, and more all in one area.

A climate-conscious approach

Double Ground’s upper level includes classrooms, galleries, offices, and other spaces. The design makes use of mass timber—layers of compressed, cross-laminated wood—and features wide, exterior walkways that provide natural shade. Compared to concrete or steel, building with mass timber produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

We’re also approaching the way our buildings harvest and store clean energy with a climate-conscious mindset. A rainwater reuse system irrigates 65,000 square feet of green space. And rooftop photovoltaics convert solar energy into electricity. As we fine-tune our energy infrastructure, we’re planning for a future in which renewable technologies can be smoothly integrated.

Double Ground’s top level features open courtyards and green space.

Double Ground’s top level features open courtyards and green space. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

Open green spaces

Filled with plants, Double Ground’s top level includes a network of park-like gardens and plazas. Students can use this green oasis for spontaneous social gatherings, industry meetups, or simply taking in the sun. Plazas are physically connected to the maker yards below through a series of beautifully terraced landscapes.

Community presence and impact

We believe learning and making should happen everywhere and be visible to everyone. So, in addition to making physical collaboration easier, Double Ground supports a free flow of ideas. Flexible spaces on campus can be used for exhibitions, performances, and public programming. We think of Double Ground as an open invitation, attracting ideas from beyond the campus boundaries and encouraging students to meet and work with local craftspeople, business owners, and industry experts.

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